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Welcome to the Ocean Weather Laboratory!
Located at the John C. Stennis Space Center, the Ocean Weather Lab is a real-time integrated and predictive center for ocean modeling, data integration, and biogeochemical oceanography. The mission of the Ocean Weather Laboratory is to assemble and couple satellite remote sensing data with ocean models, in situ observations, and other remotely sensed products to fully characterize a 4-dimensional ocean. To facilitate meeting our objective, the Ocean WeatherLab processes satellite ocean color (MODIS, VIIRS) and physical model (NCOM, HYCOM) data for the Gulf of Mexico on a daily basis. For latest coverage, visit our directory structure here (non USM network) or here (Internal USM Network).
In addition to the Ocean Weather real-time data Lab, USM’s Department of Marine Science houses several in situ observation support platforms, including gliders, the R/V Lemoyne, a weather buoy, CODAR sites, laboratory facilities, and state of the art oceanographic instrumentation. The integration of in situ, remotely sensed, and modeled data in real-time sheds light on the interaction of physics and biogeochemistry in complex ecosystems, and leads to an increased understanding of inherent uncertainties.
This comprehensive integration of data from several sources provides closure as well as highlighting ecological patterns that may otherwise go unnoticed in the Gulf of Mexico. With this system, we are able to examine the origin and date of river plumes, quantify biomass and physical volume transport, track the movement of bio-optical features, specifically characterize water masses, resolve spatial and temporal variance, and link the bio-physical coupling that ultimately drives ecosystem variability on global scales. We are continuously collaborating with a diverse group of scientists in order to expand our capabilities and strive to provide real-time answers to rapidly evolving questions.
Robert Arnone - (228) 688-6268
Ryan Vandermeulen - (228) 688-7127
Haoping Yang - (228) 688-2325
Percy Donaghay - (228) 688-3003
Recent Publications from the Ocean Weather Lab:
- Sensitivity of calibration "gains" to ocean color processing in coastal and open waters using ensemble members for SNPP-VIIRS
- Estimating sea surface salinity in coastal waters of the Gulf of Mexico using visible channels on SNPP-VIIRS
- Inter-satellite comparison and evaluation of NAVY SNPP-VIIRS and MODIS-Aqua ocean color properties
- Regional vicarious gain adjustment for coastal VIIRS products
- Comparison of VIIRS SST fields obtained from differing SST equations applied to a region covering the northern Gulf of Mexico and western north Atlantic
- Monitoring bio-optical processes using SNPP-VIIRS and MODIS-Aqua ocean color products
- Improved monitoring of bio-optical processes in coastal and inland waters using high spatial resolution channels on SNPP-VIIRS sensor
- Evaluating VIIRS ocean color products for west coast and Hawaiian waters
- Improvements of satellite SST retrievals at full swath
- Validation of the VIIRS ocean color
- Automated ocean color product validation for the southern California bight
- A methodology for calibration of hyperspectral and multispectral satellite data in coastal areas
- Probing the subsurface ocean processes using ocean LIDARS
- Some insight of spectral optimization in ocean color inversion